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Deadly Tornadoes: 77 Killed Across South [Update: Toll now at least 340]
http://abcnews.go.com/US/tornadoes-77-killed-south-including-61-killed-alabama/story?id=13474955 | 4/27/2011 | LEEZEL TANGLAO and MICHAEL S. JAMES

Posted on 04/28/2011 12:00:03 AM PDT by dragnet2

Deadly tornadoes, thunderstorms tore through the south Wednesday killing more than 70 people in four states.

This is latest round of storms to hit the region over past several days.

At least 77 deaths are being blamed on the severe weather, according to the Associated Press.

The majority of those deaths were reported in Alabama with 61 people killed – including 15 in the city of Tuscaloosa alone.

Mayor Walter Maddox confirmed that 15 people died Wednesday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a city of approximately 180,000 leveled by an estimated mile-wide tornado.

A tornado moves through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. A wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed the South on Wednesday, killing dozens of people around the region and splintering buildings across swaths of an Alabama university town.

"I'm in my car at corner on McFarland. Milo's Hamburgers isn't there anymore," Tuscaloosa resident Phil Owen told ABC News affiliate WBMA.

"We have way over 100 injuries throughout the city of Tuscaloosa," Mayor Maddox said Wednesday. "We have hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed and hundreds more damaged."

Maddox said the National Guard were being dispatched to devastated areas across the state the Associated Press reported.

President Obama declared a state of emergency for the search and rescue response in Alabama, and Gov. Robert Bentley told WBMA he expected him to declare another one to help pay for the cleanup.

In confirming the state of emergency, President Obama said federal officials had their eye on the storms and would offer help as needed.

"Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives because of the tornadoes that have swept through Alabama and the southeastern United States," he said in a written statement.

August said the damage and destruction from on Wednesday's severe weather has left some Alabama residents with no place to go.

"We are opening shelters throughout the state to make sure folks who have nowhere to go, tonight, will have somewhere to go, out of the weather," said August.

Fatalities in Georgia, Mississippi

Crystal Paulk-Buchanan, a spokeswoman for Georgia emergency management in Atlanta, said four people have been killed so far.

In addition, at least 11 were dead in Mississippi, ABC News confirmed.

at least one person killed in Tennessee Wednesday.

The weather system was expected to move into Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky overnight and into the Carolinas by Thursday morning.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: alabama; deathtoll; tornado
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1 posted on 04/28/2011 12:00:07 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2; WKB; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; Vietnam Vet From New Mexico; wardaddy; KLT; montesquiue; ...

11 dead in Mississippi...

My mother spent a great deal of the day in the middle of the house...the bathroom. Bless her heart for real...

God love those who lost folks, and those who lost property.


2 posted on 04/28/2011 12:12:01 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: dragnet2
My wife has extensive family connections in Elmore County, AL. Apparently one of these tornadoes hit Mount Hebron Rd. which is definitely in their neighborhood, within less than a mile of one house that I know of.

If anybody has a link to disaster information there or a list of casualties, please let me know.

3 posted on 04/28/2011 12:57:50 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The power to manage "The Environment" is the power to control the entire economy.)
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To: dragnet2
Tuscaloosa Tornado close encounter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ohIVzIZLuQ

4 posted on 04/28/2011 1:15:33 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter

Yikes.


5 posted on 04/28/2011 2:40:28 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Conservatives are the battered wives of American politics.)
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To: dragnet2

According to local reports - 7 dead at exit 28 (I-81) in SW Virginia.


6 posted on 04/28/2011 2:48:06 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: dragnet2

Prayers.


7 posted on 04/28/2011 3:09:56 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Carry_Okie

I’m in Elmore county. No deaths here, mercifully.

It’s still dark. Upon sunup, I’ll go exploring and see how bad things were...


8 posted on 04/28/2011 3:40:26 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: dragnet2

Just heard on FNC that the total dead is been increased to 173...


9 posted on 04/28/2011 4:13:03 AM PDT by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: All

death toll now over 175


10 posted on 04/28/2011 4:13:34 AM PDT by janetjanet998
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To: janetjanet998

128 in Alabama alone. Sad day for us here in the Heart of Dixie.


11 posted on 04/28/2011 4:20:44 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: dragnet2

This one is pretty incredible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0FHTG9VETY


12 posted on 04/28/2011 4:28:12 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: dragnet2
System here in South Caronlina now. As with the last one it's in a sparsely populated area, quickly moving east, and weakening.
13 posted on 04/28/2011 5:12:45 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Scutter

FNC is reporting this tornado was on the ground for 220 Miles! Just Wow! Killing 128 people in Alabama and 32 in Mississippi. 178 killed in 5 states.


14 posted on 04/28/2011 5:18:25 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: dragnet2

Lost power here in the morning, and then again in the evening when round 2 hit. It was out for almost 12 hours, came back on this morning. In a place where everything is electric (water heater, stove, air conditioning, etc) losing electricity knocks you back quite a ways. Canned veggies, fruit, and bread by candlelight last night.

If it had not come back today, things in the refrigerator would have spoiled, I think.

Makes you think about how life would change if the power was lost for a week, two weeks, a month, or a year due to a variety of scenarios.


15 posted on 04/28/2011 5:23:28 AM PDT by Yet_Again
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To: Yet_Again

Death toll in the Chattanooga Channel 3 viewing area is 27 so far. This includes Ringgold, GA and the Cleveland, TN areas.


16 posted on 04/28/2011 5:28:09 AM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: meyer

AP is reporting death toll is now 193.


17 posted on 04/28/2011 6:03:37 AM PDT by jhpigott (North Korea - The land of lousy options)
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To: dragnet2

Several of these were very powerful, long-track tornadoes. Papers and other items identifiable as being from Tuscaloosa have been found up to 100 miles away, many items falling to the ground all along the path of the tornadoes.


18 posted on 04/28/2011 6:06:52 AM PDT by Will88
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To: dragnet2

Finally, a statement from Mr. President. Apparently, before this, not enough people had died and had their homes and businesses destroyed in the previous band of severe storms and tornadoes for him to make one.

I shouldn’t be so bitter about this president, should I?


19 posted on 04/28/2011 6:10:48 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: dixiechick2000

Prayers for all! This is just heartbreaking. Death toll over 200 across the south according to reports.


20 posted on 04/28/2011 6:12:38 AM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

At 220 miles, that passes the old record longest track 219 miles in Mar 18-19, 1925.

1932 tornado killed over 300 in Alabama.
1974 Super Outbreak had 148 tornadoes in 13 states.

Yesterday had 215 reports in 10 states. Latest death toll 194 (36 in Tuscaloosa).

Red Cross had 2700 in shelter last night - largest since Katrina.

Meanwhile, Texas is fighting the largest wildfire in Texas history (292739 acres = 457 square miles, 66% contained) in the Davis Mountains.


21 posted on 04/28/2011 6:25:28 AM PDT by esarlls3
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To: don-o
"...7 dead at exit 28 (I-81) in SW Virginia."

I've been in my share of violent storms but I have never seen anything comparable to what hit the Knoxville area last night. The only word I can find to describe the constant display of electricity in this storm(s) is, "surreal".

22 posted on 04/28/2011 6:36:56 AM PDT by Semper Mark (Vlad Tepes was a piker.)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Will THE 1 make any kind of statement about these tragedies? The Bushes did when it happened on their watches. Clinton did when it happened on his watch.


23 posted on 04/28/2011 6:40:27 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: savedbygrace
Finally, a statement from Mr. President. Apparently, before this, not enough people had died and had their homes and businesses destroyed in the previous band of severe storms and tornadoes for him to make one.

I'm surprised he said anything at all. Still waiting on word from him, or an offer of assistance, for the Texas wildfires. Perhpaps like you said, the body count has to reach a certain number for 0bama to respond.

24 posted on 04/28/2011 6:41:40 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: savedbygrace

“I shouldn’t be so bitter about this president, should I?”
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He’s bitter about you and they always told me that turnabout is fair play.


25 posted on 04/28/2011 6:41:45 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: NCC-1701
Will THE 1 make any kind of statement about these tragedies? The Bushes did when it happened on their watches. Clinton did when it happened on his watch.

He ignored the Nashville flood. It's a southern tragedy and there aren't any black folks standing on roofs so I'll be surprised if he says anything.

26 posted on 04/28/2011 6:42:26 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: savedbygrace
Finally, a statement from Mr. President. Apparently, before this, not enough people had died and had their homes and businesses destroyed in the previous band of severe storms and tornadoes for him to make one.

He heard about all of the golf courses that got wiped out.

27 posted on 04/28/2011 6:43:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Alas Babylon!
I’m in Elmore county. No deaths here, mercifully.

There were three dead along Miller Rd. next to Lake Martin. One touched down on Mt. Hebron Rd. next door to one of our relatives (they're OK). The church that the family built (which we visited) is gone.

28 posted on 04/28/2011 6:43:47 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The power to manage "The Environment" is the power to control the entire economy.)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

I would be interesting to see what THE 1 would do in an exact duplication of Hurricane Katrina. NOLA still has a large population of “his people”. How fast would Ø react to a repeat of Katrina? I hope it doesn’t happen but it’s a “what if” question.


29 posted on 04/28/2011 6:48:06 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: NCC-1701

I would = It would. Ooops. Haven’t had any coffee yet.


30 posted on 04/28/2011 6:49:15 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: Markos33

Prayers and more prayers for everyone going through this Markos. Thank the Lord you and your family are alright. Stay safe. Can not believe the pictures throughout the South they’re showing on the news. Devastating.


31 posted on 04/28/2011 6:53:31 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("...Rather the scorned- the rejected -the men hemmed in with the spears..." from 'A Consecration')
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To: Will88

Is there any corelation between the strenght of the tornado ( F1, F2, etc) the size ( diameter) and the time on the ground?


32 posted on 04/28/2011 6:54:33 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: dragnet2

I wonder if Obama will do anything about this devastation....or even mention it?


33 posted on 04/28/2011 6:58:05 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: ken5050

Not a professional meteorologist, but have studied my entire life.

The answer is: Generally, but not even close to always. There have been plenty of cases of wildly violent ropes and lumbering lazy day wedges to not allow it to be a rule of thumb.

Most of the time it is your good judgement. Concentrate more on debris, how much, and how violently the system ‘appears’ to be spinning. Better rule of thumb.

Strength is determined by results. Not during the event, like hurricanes or earthquakes.


34 posted on 04/28/2011 7:27:56 AM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: dragnet2

“a city of approximately 180,000 leveled by an estimated mile-wide tornado”

What? Where are the pictures? What the hell?


35 posted on 04/28/2011 8:24:00 AM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: dragnet2

Jeez, my eyes are going. I first thought the title in the sidebar read:

Deadly Tomatoes: 77 Killed Across South


36 posted on 04/28/2011 8:31:43 AM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: Carry_Okie

Sadly, we are now both wrong. The death toll from Eclectic is now at 5. I just heard it on the local radio news driving into work. Damnit.


37 posted on 04/28/2011 8:32:05 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: dragnet2

A wave of tornado-spawning storms strafed the South on Wednesday, splintering buildings across hard-hit Alabama.

38 posted on 04/28/2011 8:34:29 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

Wasteland: Overnight tornadoes leave part of Pratt City, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, in ruins. Houses were reduced to rubble while cars were tossed about like toys before being slammed into the ground by the deadly twisters Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1381398/US-storms-Death-toll-leaps-85-Obama-declares-state-emergency.html#ixzz1Kpg2u6xS

39 posted on 04/28/2011 8:44:54 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

Where is the President!!!

Obama’s Katrina and he is off fund raising in NYC. Can you imagine if Bush was in office or any other Republican...


40 posted on 04/28/2011 8:47:48 AM PDT by edcoil (Democrats doing to America what Reagan did to russia. Driving it to bankrupcy.)
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To: edcoil
Where is the President!!!

These aren't "his" people - he hopes that the damage is extensive and the death toll high. That'll be that many fewer "crackers" that his civilian security force will have to deal with.

Side note - I wonder when Shep will be landing in Tuscaloosa whining about the lack of government help, like he did post-Katrina.

41 posted on 04/28/2011 8:52:21 AM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: dragnet2

So, has the stupid Obama weighed in yet? or is he on the golf course or at a fundraiser?

Obama hates the people. He is a useless bag of bones.


42 posted on 04/28/2011 8:56:58 AM PDT by dforest
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To: dragnet2; neverdem; Steely Tom; AFPhys; lysie; SkyPilot

While this isn’t to quite the same degree, Syracuse, NY was inundated Tues.

Here are some links of the Syracuse area and the SU campus.

This one is obvious. (And no, it’s not a fountain. Just steps)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beaH63b3PAc

This one is harder to see, but it is water coming up through a manhole cover like a geyser.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMtjHUGYeHU

Someone kayaking down the street.
http://yfrog.com/h8yumadj

SU Daily Orange article
http://www.dailyorange.com/news/afternoon-downpours-flood-euclid-leave-officials-scrambling-to-remove-water-from-campus-buildings-1.2208746


43 posted on 04/28/2011 8:58:28 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: meyer

Actually, take a closer look at #39...those *are* “his” people. That looks like a poorer black neighborhood.

Apparently the American Red Cross said this morning that this is their greatest sheltering/feeding operation since Katrina. Hundreds of thousands of people in northern Alabama, southern Tennessee, and northwest Georgia without power.

BTW, the tornado that did that in #39? Tracked across FOUR STATES. Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and just barely into North Carolina before the mountains tore it apart.

}:-)4


44 posted on 04/28/2011 8:59:05 AM PDT by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: meyer

I sent him an email and asked him. He is at studiob@foxnews.com


45 posted on 04/28/2011 9:07:09 AM PDT by edcoil (Democrats doing to America what Reagan did to russia. Driving it to bankrupcy.)
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To: indylindy

baraq dispenses with silliness by going to Chicago to do a tv show and then on to NYC to fleece his zombie supporters. Got home late last night. Has to rest up for his vacation on Friday to Florida to watch the last shuttle mission and get his picture taken with Rep. Giffords.
Then once all the important business has been taken care of, then what the hey, he’s in Florida and there just happens to be a golf course nearby. Might as well get a round in with another bunch of contributors.

Lay off the kenyan. He has a very demanding schedule.


46 posted on 04/28/2011 9:09:05 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: dragnet2

I lost my Grandmother yesterday. Her husband was wounded in the Pacific during WW2 and was sent to recover at the VA hospital in Tuscaloosa AL. He was killed in a robbery thirty years ago and she joined him yesterday. The storm took her to him.

I love ya Maw Maw.


47 posted on 04/28/2011 9:10:20 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: dragnet2

I haven’t been able to read other posts... will send this and shut my phone down. N. Alabama is devastated. No gas available (places that had power are are but empty ). Power out for prob a solid week. Power out from points south of Athens to at least Birmingham. Hard even to buy supplies since we’re in a cash only situation. Many homes in area destroyed. This is historically bad and will take a long time to restore everything. Have not yet seen any utility crews either


48 posted on 04/28/2011 9:27:05 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: janetjanet998
death toll now over 175

Wow...Just reading this...

49 posted on 04/28/2011 9:29:17 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: SumProVita
Fox just said he is going to speak about this today at 3:10 (eastern).

But he'll probably lead off with some jokes and shout-outs to his socialist financiers.

He's such a despicable Marxist pig.

50 posted on 04/28/2011 9:35:10 AM PDT by onemiddleamerican (FUBO and all your terrorist buddies)
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